T-Mobile Reportedly Blacking Out Employee Vacations in Anticipation of iPhone 5S

T-Mobile has reportedly blacked out employee vacations between September 20th and 22nd, according to TMO News. Employee vacation blackouts normally occur around big product launches to ensure there are enough employees around to assist customers. The only known upcoming announcement is the Samsung Galaxy Note III on September 4th, but it is more likely T-Mobile is preparing for the launch of the rumored iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

iPhone 5S Rumors

Apple is expected to announce both the iPhone 5S and low cost iPhone 5C on September 10th. Apple typically announces new devices on a Tuesday or Wednesday before releasing them on a following Friday. This means a September 20th release date would fall in place with previous Apple product launches.

This will also be the first time Apple releases a new product simultaneously on all four major U.S. carriers. T-Mobile did not start offering the iPhone until April of this year.

Images and video of both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C have been heavily leaked leading up to the September announcement. Rumors have suggested that Apple will announce a gold or champagne colored "iPhone 5S", and a more affordable plastic "iPhone C" at the upcoming press event.